Averett's PASSPORT Program Back In Danville

Danville, VA - Danville is getting some big help from out-of-towners. Hundreds of kids from around the East coast are in Danville volunteering.

The noise of scraping paint has never sounded so beautiful to Bobbie J. Sykes.

"Prayers have been answered," said Sykes.
That's because dozens of 7th to 12th graders from around the region have gathered outside her house to fix it up and turn it into a home.
"I am blessed. Because I couldn't have done it myself and to have someone come and they don't know me and they do it for nothing, I am blessed," said Sykes.
It's all part of the PASSPORT program where kids from around the country turn their Bible study into mission work.
"We are putting action to our faith," said Zeke Stephenson, camp director.
For the second year, Averett has partnered with the program, bringing more than 300 kids to Danville.
"Averett is hosting us on campus. So we live on campus, we eat on campus, we use their facilities," said Stephenson.
These kids are not only working on local homes, groups are scattered all around the city. Some are working with the Boys and Girls Club, others with God's Pit Crew or Cardinal Village.
"Seeing people's face light up every time I help them. I just love doing this," said 14-year-old Trent Foster.
Kids like Foster, will scrape, paint, weed, and fix a fence for Sykes.
"It's a lot of work, but it's worth it," said Foster.
Sykes says the willingness of these kids to help, amazes her but they say it's all part of their mission.
It is a three week program that started last week.